One Romantic Night (1930)

One Romantic Night (1930)

Director: Paul L. Stein Writers: Maxwell Anderson (adaptation) Melville Baker (adaptation) 3 May 1930 (USA) Lillian Gish ... Princess Alexandra Rod La Rocque ... Prince Albert Conrad Nagel ... Dr. Nicholas Haller Marie Dressler ... Princess Beatrice O.P. Heggie ... Father Benedict Albert Conti ... Count Lutzen Edgar Norton ... Colonel Wunderlich Billie Bennett ... Princess Symphorosa Philippe De Lacy ... Prince George Byron Sage ... Prince Arsene Barbara Leonard ... Mitzi This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecast was Wednesday 13 July 1949 on WJZ, New York City. "One Romantic Night" is a highly satisfactory entertainment, even though it has lost some of its literary value in the studio transcription. Also, the acting of Conrad Nagel as the Tutor and Rod La Rocque as the Prince does not measure up to that of Basil Rathbone and Philip Merivale, who were beheld in these respective rôles on the stage. A silent picture was produced of this play in 1925 and its chief claim to fame was the direction of Dimitri Buchowetzki and the excellent portrayal of the Prince of Adolphe Menjou. Besides the sensitive and gracious interpretation of Miss Gish, there is a splendid performance by Marie Dressler, who creates no end of fun in the part of Princess Alexandra's mother, Princess Beatrice. The venerable Father Hyacinth's name is changed in the film to Father Benedict, a part that is undertaken by O. P. Heggie. This screen diversion was directed by Paul Stein, who has succeeded in making the action considerably clearer than it was in the mute offspring. Most of the photography is beyond reproach, but in a few scenes it is somewhat flat, due to the background being of the same shade as gowns worn by Miss Gish and Miss Dressler." - NY Times -


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